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AnnInLa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:42 AM
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Breaking news...MSNBC
another helicopter down in SW Iraq...no link yet....said not to be insurgent-related....even if it was insurgent-related, would they tell us?
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Felix Mala Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:43 AM
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1. Another anti-American dust storm
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:44 AM
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3. This is the dust storm season
Mid January into February as I have been told by Gulf1 vets. Nasty stuff too.
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:47 AM
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4. Here's an idea
If the weather is bad, delay the friggin take off! Don't worry Bush, you can still murder more Iraqis after the storm passes.
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DrWeird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:49 AM
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5. Forecast:
Monday: Heavy ground fire.

Tuesday: Heavy ground fire.

Wednesday: Heavy ground fire. Chance of surface-to-air missles.

Thursday: Heavy ground fire.

Friday: Heavy ground fire. Intermitten anti-aircraft artillery.

Saturday: Heavy ground fire.

Sunday: Heavy ground fire.
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:40 PM
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12. LOL! *sob*
:D :cry:
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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:02 PM
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8. OMG!!
:cry: :cry: :cry:
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BrotherBuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:04 PM
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15. Lt.Col. Amy Hakola, a Navy satellite meteorologist says...
"The main sandstorm season hasn't even begun yet: It typically runs from late April to mid-July."
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PATRICK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:24 PM
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16. I wonder
how the Mid easterners managed their choppers in the dust storms? I suspect Saddam used his more prudently- or could afford to.

The Carter rescue debacle flying helicopters across hundreds of miles of desert went badly.

I suspect if this is the case with more pressure under constant use we will see a host of such failures- if this isn't cover for the insurgent successes- which we will never be told.
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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:43 AM
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2. Wow that Weather is pretty effin tricky. n/t
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FormerDittoHead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:50 AM
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6. Could it be....?
Wouldn't it be funny (in a very sad way) if they were shot down by some left over anti-aircraft weapon from our "friendly" Saddam days, but one that was sold to him secretly, and so now we have to keep it a secret?
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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:01 PM
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7. Those bastards better be keeping our soldiers copters ...
maintained and safe for flying! With what we know about their families sending them supplies and vests, etc., can we be sure they are giving our guys decent, regularly maintained helicopters? How tragic that we even have to wonder...I hope everything is OK! O8)
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:35 PM
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9. Not happening.
Little things like maintenance are now being handled by the contractors, not the military. They don't worry about the troops, they worry about the bottom line.
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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:36 PM
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10. Are you kidding me? OMG!
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K-W Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:38 PM
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11. Profiteering used to be a crime during war.
Now its status quo.

Its amazing. There was a time when Americans knew this stuff.
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JohnnyCougar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:45 PM
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14. Really? Was there a law against it?
There should be now.
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meisje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:40 PM
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13. Forecast
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:49 PM
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17. No such thing as insurgent!
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